It's just over a week away from Sparkfun's Autonomous Vehicle Competition, and they've just posted a course preview. It's terrifying! Randomly-placed barrels! Hoops! Time bonuses for doing impossible things!
The DIY Drones teams are going to try an unprecedented hat-trick this year: Place in all three categories--planes, multirotors and ground rovers--using the same autopilot hardware and base code (APM). Doug Weibel is going to lead our fixed wing team. Jason Short is going to lead our quad team with the beta of ArduCopter 2.0 (aka ArduCopterMega, ACM). And James Goppert is going to lead the rover team with a beta of ArduRover (aka ArduPilotOne).
Meanwhile Jordi and I will show up with a plane and ArduCopter as second teams in each category.
I'm already getting nervous. The competition will be tough, and all three codebases are still in Beta. Wish us luck!